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Peruvian disappearances double previous estimate

The Americas Post - Peruvian family members are demanding answers. Photo Credit: EPA

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peruvian “disappearance” victims in the conflict that raged there from 1980 to 2000 are double the number previously calculated by that nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2003.

Rafael Barrantes, Red Cross director for that agency’s Disappeared Persons Program, said that records from the Peruvian Institute of Legal Medicine and Anthropological Forensic Team indicate that between 15,000 and 16,000 went missing during the violence that wracked the country over two decades.

Barrantes complained that government deficiencies have prevented the consolidation of records into a single registry.  According to the final report issued by the TRC in 2003, of the 69,280 people killed in Peru during that period, 8,558 were declared as missing.

According to the Peruvian Reparations Council, the total number of victims could be as high as 100,000.

Barrantes cited Institute of Legal Medicine statistics showing that between 2002 and 2010 the remains of 1,497 missing persons had been located, of which 771 were identified and 671 returned to their families.  He called for the establishment of government offices to take charge of the search and investigation “case by case”.

Investigators have reports of 4,644 burial sites in Peru, but until now have only located 2,200 of them.